Dubs the favourites to advance to last four

Dublin bid to build on last week’s victory over champions Wexford when they face Laois in this evening’s Cadbury’s Leinster U21 FCquarter-final at Parnell Park.

Dublin’s attacking firepower was critical in Enniscorthy with Ciarán Kilkenny maintaining the highstandards for the county minor side last summer while Philip Ryan also impressed. Jack McCaffrey, Emmet Ó Conghaile and DCU Sigerson Cup winner Gary Sweeney are other key men for the hosts.

Home advantage should be of abenefit against a Laois team backboned by Ciarán Booth, James Finn, Kieran Delaney and Daryl Hayden.

Offaly entertain Kildare in Gracefield with the Faithful U21 side buoyed by last week’s excellentopening round victory over Meath.

The Offaly attack bristles with promise as Rhode star Anton Sullivan, Dublin IT Sigerson Cup forward Bernard Allen and county seniorGraham Guilfoyle are all on board while Mark Young grabbed 1-2 when introduced off the bench last week.

Kildare include key members of the Athy side that won the county SFC title last season while Tommy Moolick, Sean Hurley and Fionn Dowling all have experience with Kieran McGeeney’s senior squad.

Both Moolick and Hurley were extremely impressive in recent weeks as NUI Maynooth marched to the Sigerson Cup final, and will seek to replicate that form.

The return of John Heslin to Gaelic Football following a six-month stint with AFL club Richmond is a major boost to the aspirations of theWestmeath U21 side who make their seasonal debut with a trip to theCarlow IT Grounds to face the home county this evening.

Heslin, despite still being eligible for the minor ranks at the time, was a star on the Westmeath side that reached the Leinster U21 final in 2010 andshowcased his ability when kicking 0-7 for the county senior side in their one point league win over Galway last Sunday.

Carlow had a fine victory over Wicklow in Baltinglass last Wednesday night when senior midfielder Darragh Foley was in inspirational form.

The last quarter-final of the competition sees Louth entertain Longford in Haggardstown with the Wee County expecting a far stiffer test than last week’s annihilation ofKilkenny in the opening round. All four games throw-in at 7.30pm.

LAOIS U21F: D Kelly; S Murphy, C Booth, SK Murphy; D Seale, P McEvoy, A Ryan; S Nerney, J Finn; D O’Connor, K Delaney, B Kelly; R O’Connor, D Hayden, E Costello.

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